Jed Hoyer Speaks: Swanson, Bellinger, Barnhart

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Jed Hoyer Speaks: Swanson, Bellinger, Barnhart

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Cubs President Jed Hoyer appeared on MLBN’s High Heat for an interview with Alanna Rizzo, talking about the offseason and a number of new Cubs players.

You can watch the video here, and I’ve got a few thoughts below:

Among Hoyer’s comments, I especially liked his discussion of the immediate positive impression Dansby Swanson left on the front office. The main reason? When they met to start talking about a possible contract, Swanson “grilled” them for over an hour about how the Cubs planned to build a winning team around him, what the path was to contending and sustaining, etc. I’m not saying that Swanson signing is proof that the Cubs WILL win each of the next seven years, but I do think it suggests Swanson left pretty well convinced of it.

Hoyer also talked about Cody Bellinger wanting to bet on himself on a one-year deal, which is what the Cubs wanted, too, and how Bellinger has been at the Arizona complex working every day since he signed. We’ve heard that before. What I found interesting is that Hoyer implied that the shoulder injury Bellinger suffered in the 2020 postseason was the main physical issue for him to get over, rather than the leg fracture that has been speculated to be more of the root of any mechanical issue. Otherwise, it’s just about getting in a new setting, getting new eyes on him, and being a support structure for him to get back to where he was.

Tucker Barnhart was “a pain to play against,” and the Cubs always took note of that when he was with the Reds. What they liked most is that he was always in lock-step with the pitcher. He was an extension of the pitching staff, much like Yan Gomes is, and clearly that’s what the Cubs were looking for behind the plate.

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